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Hayles transferred

Published: Friday December 7, 2012 | 12:22 pm Comments 0
Junior Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture Ian Hayles - file photo.
Junior Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture Ian Hayles - file photo.

Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

The Gleaner/Power106 News understands that Junior Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture Ian Hayles, will be transferred to the Ministry of Land, Environment and Climate Change.

News surfaced over the weekend that Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke had given the Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller an ultimatum to remove Hayles from the ministry.

However, Clarke has denied that allegation.

Well-placed sources say the Minister of Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill is yet to be formally advised of the transfer as he is overseas.

The relationship between Hayles and Clarke is said to have soured, after the junior minister was instructed to carry out leg work in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Clarke reportedly became infuriated and severely scolded Hayles, after his appearance on RJR’s news and current affairs programme, Beyond the Headlines.

The agriculture minister is said to have instructed Hayles at the start of his tenure a year ago, that he must not be seen or heard through the media.

The senior minister was also upset that Hayles had prematurely announced that $10 million would be allocated through the European Union, and $150 million through the Ministry and Catastrophe Funds to help with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

The Prime Minister was expected to have made that announcement.

News of Hayle’s transfer, comes days after Cecil Thoms, the Communications Officer at the Ministry was fired.

Hayles claimed that Thoms had taped his conversations without his permission.

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